The Rise of Milwaukee Baseball: The Cream City from Midwestern Outpost to the Major Leagues, 1859-1901

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When baseball teams began competing in Milwaukee in the 1860s the game, though still recognizably baseball, had some peculiar rules. There were no gloves, no protective gear for the catchers, the pitchers threw underhanded, and the game was over when one team scored 21 runs. Spanning the years 1859 to 1901, this volume presents a detailed study of the history of baseball in Milwaukee. In addition to coverage of the major league teams that played in the city, there is also an extensive history of the many minor ...

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Overview

When baseball teams began competing in Milwaukee in the 1860s the game, though still recognizably baseball, had some peculiar rules. There were no gloves, no protective gear for the catchers, the pitchers threw underhanded, and the game was over when one team scored 21 runs. Spanning the years 1859 to 1901, this volume presents a detailed study of the history of baseball in Milwaukee. In addition to coverage of the major league teams that played in the city, there is also an extensive history of the many minor league and amateur league teams. Also included are photographs and illustrations of owners, players and teams as well as statistics on Milwaukee players and teams of the era.

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Editorial Reviews

SABR Bulletin
covers the evolution of the game through both amateur and professional baseball in the city
Sports Collectors Digest
"a detailed account"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439515
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Pajot is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and is active on the group's Nineteenth Century and Deadball Era committees. He is a frequent contributor to The Inside Game, the Deadball Era's newsletter. He was awarded the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award in 2010 for The Rise of Milwaukee Baseball and lives in Milwaukee.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    The Rise of Milwaukee Baseball leads to rise in my knowledge of both, Milwaukee and baseball.

    I would like to recommend Denis Pajot's The Rise of Milwaukee Baseball because I had several goals when I purchased the book and all were met. Being from Milwaukee I was hoping to learn more about the foundation of baseball in Milwaukee as well as the history of the city. In addition, that era of baseball is fascinating in general and I hoped it would add top my baseball knowledge.

    Mr. Pajot succeeded on all counts. Being from Milwaukee, I learned facts I did not know before and particularly enjoyed seeing so many of the names that I recognize from businesses to street names. The book includes the history of the amateur game in Milwaukee and how some of these teams became our first participants in the major leagues like the Cream Citys. I knew there was such a team and thought it was the king of baseball in the city for years yet its reign was short lived. Baseball in Milwaukee struggled in some years and had competition not from TV and movies or the internet of today but boxing and cycling, bicycling. The book covers those struggles and Milwaukee's history around baseball very well with excellent research.

    In addition, the history of baseball is very well covered over and above the Milwaukee story. Covering Milwaukee's entrants into different leagues both minor and major I learned a great deal of the struggles baseball had in its day with leagues and teams folding in mid-season. We take the big money aspect of modern baseball for granted but in those days, losing $3,000 was enough to cause a team to fold and hen leagues crumbled with them. The formation of the Western Association which became the American League was very interesting and informative.

    I would gladly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of Milwaukee, or baseball history. It is well written with excellent research. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

    DDD

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